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Believe In Your Dreams

“When your belief in you and your dream is greater than your belief in other people’s opinions, you will have mastered your life.”    __Johnna Parr

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I use this quote by Johanna Parr in my upcoming book, Trust the Timing.

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Here are the 1LinerWed rules:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

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5. Have fun!


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Low Tide

Prajakta has written exactly what I needed to read. Her poem comforts me like a soft blanket of synchronicity.

An Armchair Perfectionist

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You work for it. You sweat for it.

Shoot a dozen wishes to make it happen…

Yet it keeps getting out of your reach.

You chase it to a point and almost give up in exhaustion

Maybe you pause and breathe.

Take in the beauty of the low tides,

Of how the sun and its shine is a lot closer to you.

As you take in the warmth, you feel the softest touch of the waves

Swirling designs around you in the sands

The tide has turned… When it was the time.

It is coming in your arms,

All at the right time,

When you were finally ready…


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Letting Go and Trusting Time

I’m reminded that someone told me many years ago, “Everything I’ve ever let go of had claw marks on it.” At the time, I thought she was joking. But now, I know what she meant.

Loving Me, Too

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It’s been just over a month since I “retired.” That word doesn’t feel accurate – especially since I’m just as busy as I ever was. Graduated might be a better fit. I’ve transitioned to a more creative lifestyle with more freedom and flexibility. But old habits die hard.

I’ve become aware that my stress level is still higher than I want it to be, higher than my intended lifestyle would require. The technical aspects of self-publishing are challenging, but I’m working through that process one step at a time. My stress level might have more to do with the self-imposed deadline to have my book available by Valentine’s Day. I’ve said that I’m taking my own advice and trusting the timing on the release date, but I still feel like I should be able to at least have it available to pre-order by then. There’s that retched word: should. I

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Awesome Stories 305

Practical, meaningful, joyful, and heartwarming stories brought to us by Brad at Writing to Freedom. The Teacher of the Year Video had me grinning from ear to ear. The Kindness Matters story moved me to tears of wonder and contentment.

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This week Awesome Stories brings you regenerative agriculture, diversity, kindness, and better teaching.

Regenerating the Planet

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Embracing regenerative agriculture may be our best plan to both reverse climate change and repair ecosystems. According to research from the Rodale Institute, regenerative agriculture might be able to sequester up to 40% of current CO2 emissions, and maybe even 100% if pasture lands were treated the same way! Regenerative agriculture is the term for agriculture that attempts to help nature while growing food. Methods include no-tillage, organic fertilizers, composting, rotating crops, and resting fields to help soils heal and regenerate. Of course, we would also need to dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels, but this might be our best way to actually reverse or stabilize climate change. As with most reform, the key is creating enough public awareness and political will. Will you help?

Balancing Diversity and Social…

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Hair, Then and Now

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Well, it’s hard for me to think about anything but my book right now. So that’s where my stream of consciousness is at the moment. There is mention of hair in the book. My stream branches off to a particular scene in Chapter 1 when I first meet him. It was 1971. His hair was long in the back, almost over the collar, but tucked behind his ears, because his father wouldn’t let it cover his ears. But later, he must have not cared as much, his father, I mean, because in the photo Caroline took of us – the photo I’m using for the book  cover – shows it longer. Was it David Cassidy, or Bobby Sherman, who had this kind of hairstyle back in the 70s?

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I resisted the urge to edit this photo to focus on the hair. But doesn’t the fringe on my poncho look like hair?  Maybe not. I’m looking for a poncho like that to do a retake of the photo.

My hair was redder in the 70’s. Now, the red is fading – just when I’m starting to appreciate being different. In my childhood, I was called, “carrot top,” or “red-headed woodpecker.” I didn’t like being different. But now, I know red heads are rare. I’ve heard red heads are becoming extinct, but I don’t believe it. And that thing about the temper, that’s not necessarily true. I have very little temper compared to most people. I tend to cry sooner than rage. But I haven’t cried much over the past few years, except lately when my father died, but I know he is happy with mom who was also a red head.

I’ve cried tears of joy more than tears of sadness of late, for my true love nurtures my heart’s desire. When I saw him again after 39 years, his hair was short and silvery on the sides. My father liked that he had short hair. I’m glad my father got to meet him again and to know that he turned out to be a good man worthy of his rare red-headed daughter.

And speaking of the 70s, I just can’t resist adding this trailer from the movie, Hair. 

FYI, on an unrelated note to hair, the new header photo is one I took of the painting I did for the back cover of the print version of Trust the Timing. Dogs are a big part of our story. When we got married, we had 5 dogs between us. That’s a lot of dog hair.  🙂

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt, in case you didn’t guess, was “hair,”brought to us by, Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/02/03/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-feb-417

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Welcome February

I love Anna Lin’s idea. What if we all sent out a message of love every day? It could be on any medium. I think I’ll try it, at least for the rest of February.

Healing Soul Streams

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Ah, February ~ ~ the month of flowers and hearts and Valentines and
LOVE. What the world needs now is LOVE.
In the midst of these challenging times, I would love to see
everyone  send out at least one message every day
full of love and good will to all people. I’m in!
Sending my love to you this day
~ Anna Lin

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